Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins

8 out of 10
YA post-apocalyptic fiction.  This is part of a three-part series leading up to my review of Mockingjay, book three of this trilogy, which came out just recently.

Essentially, I loved it.  It had great pacing and was at times thrilling, sensitive, and romantic.  One major issue which pervaded the entire series was the lack of practical writing, which is explained in the podcast.  Collins seems unsure of how many people are really present in Panem, how big each of the districts are in terms of both population  and physical space.  I know district 12 is the most sparsely populated, but the inconsistencies require a suspension of disbelief that could easily have been fixed with an understanding of basic economics.

The games themselves are intriguing and thought-provoking as well as full of action.  I highly recommend this book to both young adult and adult alike.  There is mature subject matter, but little to no sexual innuendo.

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